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Navajo Nation Regional Haze Impact

Navajo Nation Regional Haze Impact

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In most states, EPA’s Regional Haze regulation threatens to raise electricity bills; however, in Arizona, it threatens to increase the cost of water.
In most states, EPA’s Regional Haze regulation threatens to raise electricity bills; however, in Arizona, it threatens to increase the cost of water.

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Published by: Competitive Enterprise Institute on Oct 03, 2012
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Is this worth $90.2 million per year?

Arizona’s Controls EPA’s Controls

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
In most states, EPA’s Regional Haze regulation threatens to raise electricity bills; however, in Arizona, it threatens to increase the cost of water. The Navajo Generating Station on the Navajo Nation territory powers the Central Arizona Project, a massive water delivery project that provides almost 20% of the state’s water needs. In August 2009, EPA solicited public comments on possible Regional Haze controls for nitrogen oxides that the plant operator, Salt River Project, estimated would cost $700 million.1 EPA limited the scope of its solicitation to comments on the price of electricity, despite the fact that the impact would be felt by water consumers. EPA’s proscribed analysis engendered concerned comments from Navajo,2 Arizona,3 and even federal officials4 (the Bureau of Reclamation owns a 25% stake in the power plant). According to peer-reviewed research, there is a maximum probability of 35% that the slight improvement in visibility caused by EPA’s preferred controls would be detectible to the human eye (see the images above).5 To achieve this “benefit, a federal study estimates that EPA’s ” controls would increase the price of water 15% in central and southern Arizona.6 The agency’s decision is expected in spring 2012.

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